Christine Morse


Margaret A. Cargill Foundation




The Cargill heir's charitable organizatoin "went public" with its gift-giving shortly after her death in 2006--and it instantly became ranked as the state's biggest philanthropic foundation. Indeed, in 2011, the Chronical of Philanthropy listed the foundation as the top giver in the country, with approximately $6 billion in donations. Among the beneficiaries whose gifts Morse has overseen: animal welfare, arts and culture, eldercare, and the environment. The foundation's focus is on organizations that can sustain themselves after its support ends.